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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Got my 86 XLT Home last night after a few days of waiting for a trailer to tow out my trade.

It was an interesting ride. A ton of fun, but a whole different exp than what I'm used to. The truck rides pretty rough, and rolls a fair bit in the corners which I suppose is to be expected with the 6 inch lift. Not a lot of vibration, which is good. Steering's pretty sloppy. The truck wanders a bit, and to track straight, the steering wheel's pretty much 90 degrees out.

The 302 seems to run pretty smoothly, but it needs a tune up. It's got some nasty belt squeal going on, and it's crying for more air and exhaust.

It's also got a vacuum leak somewhere in the brakes that I've got to track down. Press the pedal to the floor while the truck's idleing, and it returns only about half way. Give it some gas, and it comes right back up. hopefully that's an easy fix. Maybe the gasket between the master cyl and the booster is dried up from sitting, or the vaccum line need replacing.

All in all I'm pretty happy with the old girl. It's big, tough, loud, & mean looking.

Pics to come tonight or tomorrow.

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Howdy Petey D. Can't wait to see the pics, I've got an '86 myself.
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may have some other vacuum issues
I looked for a Vacuum diagram for the 302 Bronco but came up empty
thought I seen one a while back
possible another member can find it


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here are a couple of Great Vacuum Threads from 'Booba'

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=6049

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...ht=vacuum+hose


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Sweet, thanks.

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Didn't get a chance to do anything more than unload the spare parts from the truck this weekend, (Sucks.) I did notice that it seems to run better in the cold, it was -12C on Saturday, less surging going on.

I think I'll replace the pcv valve and the vaccuum lines, along with doing Booba's re-routing when I get a chance and see if that clears up my issues.

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I recall a similar issue some time back
that turned out to be the 02 sensors and a stopped up cat converter

now I dont know how y'alls emission laws are
but I was able to remove the cat & install what they call a 'test pipe'
thus saving $$$

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I don't believe there is a gasket between the booster and master cylinder. To start, trying to pick up a vacuum gauge and hook it up to your engine while its running to troubleshoot it.

If you determine it has a vacuum leak, then use carb cleaner to spray around all the vacuum lines to help determine where. If you spray a section and the engine revs slightly, there's your leak. If you don't find a leak, but you still have the symptoms of it, disconnect the brake booster and plug the vacuum line, then run the vacuum testing again(the leak may be inside of the booster). If you end up replacing the booster, you can goto an F350 booster with no modifications, and it'll be stronger. A very nice brake upgrade is an F350 Booster\master cylinder\rear cylinders, which are all bolt in. Figured I'd mention that since you have a 6 inch lift.

As far as the steering, you can have a helper get in and turn the steering wheel back and forth, and watch all the steering components. Since the steering is sloppy, you should see some play in a steering component somewhere. Basically, everything in the steering system should start moving the INSTANT that steering wheel is turned. If you don't knwo what the name of the component is or how to install it, take a picture of underneath the truck and I'll tell you what it is, and do my best to explain the install.

Your 86 is a carb'd truck right?


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1986 302 would be EFI, there is no gasket in between the M/C and the Booster you more than likely will have to replace the M/C as the seal in there is bad(mine just went bad on my Bronco here recently, bought a reman'd one, bled it and installed it, solved my problem.)
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Thanks for the chart above


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